GRANVILLE, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 74-69, today (Saturday, Dec. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville. [Game Stats]
Following today’s game, the Terriers improve to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC. The Big Red fall to 4-5 overall and 1-3 NCAC.
Both teams would play a competitive first half with 10 lead changes and three ties. Hiram led by as many as seven points, 20-13, at the 13:06 minute mark of the first period on a layup by junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) that ended a 12-3 scoring run. Denison answered with ensuing 10-2 run of its own to regain the lead with 7:02 left in the half. The Terriers trailed by three points, 27-24, at the 6:43 mark and ended the period with a 14-4 run that ended in a three-pointer by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), one of four triples on the day for Stefanov, to regain a seven-point edge with a halftime score of 38-31.
Hiram maintained a lead in the first 7:30 of the second half, but could not pull away as Dension battled back and eventually took the lead on its way to recording its largest margin of the game of six points, 58-52, with 9:12 left to play. This time it would be the Terriers who would respond with a 10-2 run that ended in a triple by senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) to take control, 62-60, at the 5:34 mark. Hiram led by five points, 68-63, with 2:34 left to play and six-of-seven free-throws by the Terriers in the final minutes sealed a 74-69 victory.
Denison won the shooting battle converting 50.0 percent (28-of-56) of its shots to Hiram’s 45.o percent shooting (27-of-60).
The Big Red were led by Dimonde Hale with game-highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Mike Garabedian was second with 17 points and Marr Mansfield rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Stefanov with 16 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent). All of his made field goals and field goal attempts came from behind the three-point line. Wiegand finished the game with 14 points and senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) added 10 points. In addition, senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram will travel to Grove City, Pa. for a non-conference game against Grove City College on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.